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Years: 2010, 2011
Genre: TV series, Crime, Drama
Country: United States
Languages: English, French (dubbing of course)
Starring: Thomas Gibson, Joe Mantegna, Matthew Gray Gubler, Shemar Moore, Kristen Vangsness, Paget Brewster, AJ Cook, Rachel Nichols, Jane Lynch
Creator: Jeff Davis
DVD distributor: Paramount Home Entertainment
I have only one complaint with Criminal Minds in this, the sixth season. And that is “unsubs”. First, they assume we’ve been watching the show forever, and therefore we understand the term. Like CSI assuming we understand all about epitheleals and so forth. Were I to just jump into the sixth season, this would annoy me.
Now, I am a veteran of a few seasons of Criminal Minds, so I DO know that an “unsub” is an “unkown subject” – the bad guy (or girl) they are chasing. But I am still annoyed. Because it’s such an overused word on the show, they continue to call the suspect an “unsub”, very often, even after they have figured out who it is, what their name is, and have put out an APB. If it’s Jim Henson of Delaware, it’s no longer an “unsub”, right?
OK. Done with the complaints. Otherwise, Criminal Minds is still a totally engrossing show that I can watch endlessly without getting tired of it. The calm coolness of Thomas Gibson running the show, the I-can’t-quite-put-my-finger-on-it sexiness of Paget Brewster, the charmingly naive genius of Matthew Gray Gubler, the credible gravitas of Joe Mantegna, the wide-eyed hot-tempered earnestness of Shemar Moore, the silly wardrobe of Kristen Vangsness, and the badly underused (at least in Season 6) smoking hotness that is AJ Cook. And yeah yeah, I get she was pregnant or something and will be back full-time for Season Seven.
Filling in the hotness gap for Cook, however, is actress Rachel Nichols, who appears as the daughter of a serial killer who has now been added to the team. I suspect that once Cook returns, there will be no more need for this much Hot though, and Nichols will be let go to return to movies (like all the sequels sure to come for Conan The Barbarian).
I’m always impressed by how often the writers of shows like these can keep coming up with something new. The old serial killer with alzheimer’s, the pedophile living in the mountains off the Appalachian Trail, the guy who burns his victims alive on Hallowe’en, it all works, and it all seems fresh. That, to me, is the most remarkable thing about the sixth season of Criminal Minds, on DVD September 6th from Paramount Home Entertainment.